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School Newsletter - 11/1 - 11/14

Nov 3

Friday, November 03, 2017  RssIcon


Wednesday, November 1-Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • 11/1     (W)      11:30am-2:30pm         Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences: Day #3 (of 6)
  • 11/5     (Sa)      2:00-8:30pm                Foundation for Belmont Education: Spelling Bee
  • 11/8     (W)      11:30am-2:30pm         Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences: Day #4 (of 6)
  • 11/10   (F)        All Day                                    Last Day of Quarter #1: Grades Close
  • 11/10   (F)        8:45-9:30am                CMS Fine & Performing Arts: Veterans' Day Assembly
  • 11/13   (M)      All Day                                    First Day of Quarter #2

 School Advisory Council:  I am pleased to welcome three new parents/guardians to this year’s Chenery School Advisory Council (S.A.C.):

  • April Edrington
  • Amelia Newbury
  • Shari Brezinsky

In addition to these three parents/guardians, our SAC is comprised of the school principal, teachers, and up to two community representatives.  All members are elected for two-year terms.  Thank you to April, Amelia, and Shari for volunteering!  We are looking forward to your participation this year.

Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences: Please keep in mind a few details about this year’s conferences:

·         More to Come: Please note that at this time our online conference sign-up system only includes slots for our district-offered days: Wednesday 10/18, Wednesday 10/25, Wednesday 11/1, Wednesday 11/8, Wednesday 12/6, and Wednesday 12/13.  You may find that all of those slots are filled for your child’s specific teachers.  Rest assured that all parents/guardians seeking to meet with their child’s teachers will be accommodated.  As soon as we are able to add other conference slots we will let you know.  We continue to advocate for additional days next year to ensure that we have enough slots for all parents/guardians.

·         Foreign Language Conferences: If you would like to meet with your child’s Foreign Language teacher (Ms. Anderson, Ms. Manca, Ms. Zhang, Mr. Ahern, Ms. Sanchez, Ms. Tanner, or Ms. Pruitt) please note that they will NOT be present during the team conference with ELA, SS, Science, and Math teachers since they teach students on all teams, not one single team.   Conferences with Foreign Language teachers can be arranged by signing up using the same system as with team conferences. If you choose to sign up for a separate conference with your child’s Foreign Language Teacher, please make sure you reserve enough time in between to travel from one room to another. It should be no less than 30 minutes between the start of each conferences.

A message from “Decoding Dyslexia Belmont”: Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts and local chapter Decoding Dyslexia Belmont are hosting an afternoon of expert speakers to discuss the latest research concerning the science of dyslexia.  The event will feature three local researchers who will present the latest research on best practices for the assessment and remediation of dyslexia. Speakers include Drs. Nadine Gaab, Charles Haynes, and Melissa Orkin.  Everything from the neuroscience of dyslexia to effective interventions will be discussed (Please see attached flyer and press release for more details).  The event will be held on Saturday November 18 from 2:00-4:00pm at the Belmont Public Library (Assembly Room). It is free and open to the community.   Who should come?

·         Parents who have questions or concerns about their children's language and literacy skills and want to learn what is dyslexia, when and how it is diagnosed, and how to intervene

·         Preschool Teachers who want to learn specifically about the pre-literacy signs of dyslexia to be on the look out for in their students

·         Educators and School Administration who want to better understand the latest research on dyslexia so that they can implement best practices and help all children become successful readers

·         Legislators who want to ensure that MA leads the way in science-based legislation that ensures early screening, identification, and intervention for children with dyslexia.  When proper intervention begins before the age of 7, the majority of children will learn to read

·         Local Media who have a role in ensuring the wellbeing of our community

We are lucky to live so close to the center of dyslexia research in the Boston area. I really hope you can attend. Please feel free to circulate this to others who may be interested.  Sincerely, Lisa A. Oteri

Idle-free Chenery: For the health of our students, the faculty/staff, and Chenery’s neighbors please do not idle your car engine in front of the school while waiting to pick up a student.  It’s actually against the law to idle; the Massachusetts Anti-Idling law aims to improve air quality by reducing unnecessary air pollution from idling vehicles.  Please consider others while you wait.

Avoiding Classroom Disruptions: Please help us avoid disruptions to classroom instruction.  Rather than dropping in on classrooms please make appointments to see teachers as you would with any other professional.  Please also leave any items for delivery to children in the main office.

Belmont High School Building Committee: Thank you to those of you who joined us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for a tour of Belmont High School and a special presentation by the BHS Building Committee.  In case you could not make that event, please mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 12th @ 7:00pm (Belmont High School) for the next Community Engagement Meeting.

To sign up for email updates and to learn more about the Belmont High School Building Project, including project timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, please visit Questions?

Belmont High School Ski Team and Ski Sports Sale: On Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 10:00am-2:00pm in the Belmont High School Cafeteria the BHS Ski Team will hold their annual sale.  New ski equipment by Rogers Ski & Sport, used ski and sports equipment, as well as some ski and sports equipment and clothing that are sold on a consignment basis will be available.  For consignment sales, participants should drop-off sale items between 8:00-10:00am and we will sell them for you and split profits to support the team.  Come to gear-up and get ready for the upcoming winter season!  For more info visit

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